A COUPLE who first laid eyes on each other at primary school are set to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary tomorrow.
Jim and Margaret Reid, who met at Liberton Primary School, were engaged on Christmas Day in 1951 and married two years later.
Although the couple grew up 80 miles apart from one another – Margaret came from Troon in Ayrshire – they were bound together when they met as neighbours in Ellens Glen, in the Liberton area of Edinburgh.
Jimmy, now 84, is a past president of Edinburgh & Leith Grocers Association and served 42 years as the owner of Waltons Grocers. He then moved onto Scottish Widows until 1985 before retiring nine years later.
Margaret, 86, worked at Binns Store – now House of Fraser – in the West End of Edinburgh for two years until she moved to Morrisons Kilt Makers in the Lawnmarket for 10 years in 1944.
Now that the couple have been enjoying well-deserved retirement life for the past decade or so, they have been able to take part in their hobbies and interests more frequently.
Jimmy plays golf twice a week at his club in Glencorse, along with watching football, reading and practising Tai Chi.
Margaret, too, has her favoured past times which include reading her magazines and, from time to time, knitting and sewing.
The happy couple have not always spent time on home ground. After Jimmy retired, he and Margaret went on an adventure holiday of their dreams to Hong Kong to visit Margaret’s cousin and family.
It seems, however, that their hearts belong to the home where they met, as they both loved to go on Scottish breaks to Ballater on Deeside and Carradale in Kintyre, and also take holidays with their friends.
To keep their romance fresh and companionship strong, once a week in the summer months Jimmy and Margaret flee the hustle and bustle of the city and find a place to spend the day and have their lunch together.
Tradition seems to be the secret of their long-lasting marriage.
To mark this celebration and tremendous achievement, Jimmy and Margaret’s family are holding a get-together at the Tusitala restaurant in Fairmilehead on Saturday.
Margaret’s bridesmaid, Betty Montgomery, and life-long friends Jean Campbell, Kathleen and Alec Taylor and Marion Walker will be in attendance to mark the occasion. Jimmy’s best man, Douglas Alexander, is unlikely to be present due to ill health.
They have a big family, whom they look forward to seeing every week.
Their two sons are Bill and Harry and daughter-in-laws Larainne and Evelyn. They have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who will all be at the party.